What to expect on my first session?
The first session with your counselor is about getting to know each other, collecting information and working on establishing the therapeutic alliance. I believe that building a therapeutic alliance is one of the most important part of the intake process. Each counselor has their own approach to completing the intake. However, here are the basics of what you should expect on your first session:
⁃ Intake and consent to treat- Request intake paperwork via email to complete it ahead of time to maximize time. Your counselor can answer any questions you might have.
⁃ Assessment- you will discuss your concerns and reasons for services with your counselor. Together you will be able to identify issues, symptoms, level of severity, support system, coping skills, etc.
⁃ Your story- the counselor and you will talk about your story and how you arrived at this point in your life. You will talk about your family origin, important relationships, childhood, significant events and experiences, as well as potential sources of the problem among other important topics.
⁃ You and your counselor will also identify goals and expectations for your treatment.
Our counselors are professionally trained to evaluate and treat behavioral, cognitive, emotional and relational difficulties in individuals, couples and families.During treatment at Lotus Hope Counseling, you will be treated with respect and dignity, as well as find the support you need to make positive and meaningful changes in your life.